Graham Haynes: Killing Time And Carving Space

David Taylor’s Calithumpians: Big Stories For A Small Group


Thursday December 7, 2017,
8PM @
509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave)


Two programs of innovative music from two distinctive and influential composer-performers with extensive histories around the world.

Composer and cornetist Graham Haynes presents Killing Time Carving Space for solo cornet with electronics, plus world premieres of two new chamber works: String Quartet no. 1, with The Momenta Quartet, and Prelude and Fugue for Flutes, with the Graham Haynes Flute Ensemble, with Michel Gentile, Anders Bostrom, Mayu Saeki, Domenica Fossati, and Jamie Baum.

Trombonist and composer David Taylor presents Big Stories for a Small Group, featuring his band David Taylor and the Calithumpians, with Taylor (bass trombone and vocals), Ron Stabinsky (piano and vocals), Moppa Elliot (double bass and vocals), and Kevin Shea (percussion and vocals). Featuring texts by Johann Friedrich Von Schiller, Hippocrates, Black Sabbath, Dante, Led Zeppelin, and Heinrich Heine.


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About the Artists:

Trombonist David Taylor received B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Julliard School of Music, performing as a member of Leopold Stowkowski’s American Symphony Orchestra, and appearing with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. Simultaneously, he was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with groups ranging from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones. He has also recorded numerous solo CDs on the Koch, New World, ENJA, DMP, Tzadik, CIMP, PAU, and TLB record labels. Mr. Taylor performs recitals and concerti around the world: from Lincoln Center in NY to the Musikverein in Vienna and Suntory Hall in Japan. In addition to his own compositions, he has been involved in dozens of commissioning projects for solo bass trombone collaborating with composers including Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Lucia Dlugoszchewski, Eric Ewazen, Dave Liebman, and Daniel Schnyder. He has appeared and recorded chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis and performs with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orpheus, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. Throughout his career, Taylor has appeared and recorded with major jazz and popular artists including Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin. Mr. Taylor has won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, and has been awarded the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award, an honor accorded no other bass trombonist. He has been a member of the bands of Gil Evans, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson, George Russell, Michelle Camillo, Bob Mintzer, Dave Matthews, Dave Grusin, Randy Brecker, and the Words Within Music Trio (Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, Kenny Drew Jr., and B3. He has performed on numerous GRAMMY Award winning recordings. David Taylor is also on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College. He plays Edwards bass trombones, and Griego/Taylor mouthpieces exclusively.

Graham Haynes was born and raised in Hollis, Queens, NY. Regarded as an innovator on cornet and flugelhorn, he has continuously redefined and deconstructed that genre we still call “jazz.” He studied composition, harmony and theory at Queens College spurred his (where Robert Moog was professor of electronic music at the time). In 1979 he met alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, and together they formed a band called Five Elements, which launched the M-Base collective. Haynes spent much of the 1980’s collaborating with Coleman and Cassandra Wilson. In 1989 he recorded his first album as a leader, ​What Time It Be? with his own band, ​Graham Haynes and No Image​, which was a mainstay of the New York downtown music scene of that time.

During the late 1980’s Haynes immersed himself in a wide range of African, Arabic and South Asian music, which prompted his move to Paris in 1990. There he recorded ​Nocturne Parisienne ​and ​The Griots Footsteps​, for French Polygram records. Haynes spent the next three years studying and performing with masters of African and Asian music, occasionally returning to NY to work with artists such as Ed Blackwell, George Russell, Uri Cain and David Murray among others. In 1993, Haynes moved back to New York City, where he began investigating sampling and hip hop music. The album ​Transition ​came out of this investigation. His next project, ​Tones for The Twenty-First Century,​ combined sound effects, textures, drones, and samples , layered over Haynes electronically manipulated horn.

Since 2000 Haynes worked as composer and music director on numerous multimedia projects, including Electric Church, at Walker Stage NYC; Afrofuturistic​, with writer Tracie Morris, presented at the Kitchen (2003); A Cruel New World​, a dance work by choreographer Donald Byrd, performed by the Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, WA (2003); Improvizions​ with choreographer Roxanne Butterfly (2005); 51st Dream State; Speak in Tones​; and The Greatest​ by chroreographer Peggy Choy (2010). In 2003 Haynes composed score for ​Flag Wars,​ a film funded by PBS. During 2004-2005 he composed and produced original soundtrack for the film ​The Promise ​by Maria Norman. Throughout his musical career Graham Haynes has brought together different musical traditions from Africa, Asia and Arabic countries. He has been a perennial guest at the ​Gnawa Trance Music Festival in Morocco. Graham Haynes has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet The Composer,​ and was nominated twice for ​Alpert Award​ in (2000) and (2003). Graham Haynes has recorded fifteen critically acclaimed CDs as a leader and countless CDs as a side person with such artists as Steve Coleman, Roy Haynes, Ed Blackwell, Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson. Since 2013 Haynes has been a member of the Vijay Iyer Sextet. Graham tours annually in Europe, Asia, and Africa and has appeared several times on national television. He is in high professional demand as a musical director and composer for film, theatre, dance and multimedia.


Upcoming concerts:

Thursday, February 1, 2018
George Graewe: Sonic Fiction and Further Speculations
Carman Moore and the Skymusic Ensemble

Thursday March 1, 2018
Frozen Music: Gustavo Matamoros, David Dunn and Rene Barge
Ben Manley: Electro Acoustic Solos and Duos

Thursday May 3, 2018
Thomas Buckner: works by Malcolm Goldstein, Jacques Bekaert, & Bun Ching Lam